Varicose veins condition is an enlargement of veins, mostly affecting the legs and feet. It can be visible or invisible as some people experience the symptoms even without seeing the veins. Although they are disfiguring and painful, they are harmless. However, if not adequately treated, they can hinder circulation and lead to other severe complications such as swollen ankles and open sores.
Symptoms of Varicose Vein
Board-certified general surgeon Atur Kasha, DO, leads a team of expertise at Desert West Vein & Surgery Center to eliminate varicose veins in El Paso. Dr. Kasha and the team evaluate your condition’s symptoms to design the most effective treatment option for you. If you have a varicose vein, you may experience the following:
- Protruding twisted veins
- Dark purple or blue veins
- Aching leg pain
- Bulging, cord-like veins
- Heavy legs
- Skin discoloration
- Burning, itching, or throbbing
- Muscle cramping
- Pain after sitting or standing
Spider veins can be tiny versions of varicose veins as they are similar, only smaller. They are often blue or red and appear close to the skin surface. There are self-care tips such as wearing compression stockings, elevating your legs, or exercises that can help you remedy the varicose vein symptoms. However, you should seek expert attention before trying out any of this.
Varicose Vein Risk Factors
Several factors increase your chances of developing varicose vein and include:
- The natural aging process puts wear and tear on veins, affecting blood flow and circulation.
- Gender is also a risk factor for varicose veins as women are more likely to be affected than men. This can be due to many hormonal activities and changes in a woman’s life.
- Obesity puts added pressure on your veins and can cause varicose vein symptoms.
- Genetics plays a part in varicose vein development. There is a greater chance to have the complication if other family members were affected too.
- Some standing or sitting postures may not allow your blood to flow appropriately, posing a threat to the varicose vein.
Varicose veins can be eliminated to optimize the quality of your life. After diagnosis, a comprehensive approach can be taken through the following varicose vein treatment options.
It involves the use of high radiofrequency waves to target and close the affected veins. The blood is rerouted to nearby healthier veins reducing some of the symptoms. It is an effective procedure as the risks of bruising and bleeding are minimized.
This involves the use of a particular ultra-guided foam solution to make the veins fade away gradually. The solution is injected directly into the affected veins.
This involves delivering little amounts of adhesive into the veins through a minimally invasive procedure. The bond closes the veins rerouting the blood into healthier veins.
Several lifestyle changes can be recommended to lower the risks of developing varicose veins and also to control some of the symptoms. For example, losing weight can reduce obesity, and elevating your legs improves blood flow in the veins. Besides, lifestyle changes can be used to complement other options to optimize the results.
Varicose veins may not need treatment for health reasons. However, when the symptoms are of concern, and you experience considerable discomfort, please don’t hesitate to contact the Desert West Vein & Surgery Center team led by Dr. Kasha for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.